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Join us Thursday mornings at 8:20 for Minnesota Reads on Northland Morning, featuring Minnesota authors talking about their work. Funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

MN Reads: "Waterfall" by Mary Casanova

Mary Casanova knew that there was talent and artistry - and mental illness - in her gene pool.

So in her third Rainy Lake historical novel, she spent some time at the St. Peter State Hospital Museum, creating a character who was not only a talented painter - she'd been committed to an insane asylum by her family, a widespread practice at the time that pioneering journalist Nellie Bly wrote about first hand in 1887.

Mary Casanova will be talking about her book today at the Virginia Public Library at 12:00 PM CT as part of their Book Lovers' Tea series.
Register at https://www.virginiapubliclibrary.info/2372-2/ or by calling the library at 218-748-7525.

  And she's also appearing this evening with the Arrowhead Regional Library at 7:00 PM CT.
Conversation moderated by Margi Preus
Pre-registration is required for this event. 

Pre-registration closed Wednesday, but if you want to try your luck anyway, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/alslegacywaterfall or call ALS at 218-741-3840.  Zoom log-in information will be sent out 24 hours prior to the online workshop.  The registration deadline for this event is Monday, April 5, 2021. Books are available for purchase through Zenith Bookstore https://www.zenithbookstore.com/waterfall or by calling 218-606-1777. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

You can learn more about the St. Peter State Hospital museum through their Facebook page and take a video tour here.

Waterfall by Mary Casanova is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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